Celebrate American Craft Week 2017 at Local Cloth Studio

Local Cloth invites the public to Drop in and Weave from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 12, at its studio, 207 Coxe Ave., #11, Asheville. This is one of the several free events offered by Local Cloth during American Craft Week. / Donated photo

The Local Cloth studio will be busy with fiber art demonstrations, pop-up shops, and classes during American Craft Week 2017, Oct. 6-15. Located inside The Refinery, at 207 Coxe Ave., Suite 11, Local Cloth invites the public to create, experience, learn and shop for hand felted, hand-dyed, hand woven and handsewn textile art throughout the week.

Kicking off the week 5-8 pm, Oct. 6, is the opening of “We Are American Craft Week,” an Asheville Area Arts Council exhibit featuring work by Betty Hilton-Nash and Karen Donde, both textile artists and Local Cloth members. The exhibit runs Oct. 6-20 in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibit Space, also at The Refinery.

Weekends offer three different felting classes. Details, fees and registration information are at www.localcloth.org.

  • Needle-felted Critter class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 7 — Participants will create a critter of their choice, even if they haven’t ever used a felting needle. 
  • Create a Nuno-Felted Scarf class, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. 8. — Participants will create original multi-colored scarves using roving, pre-felt, silk and yarn.
  • Felt Your Way into the Roaring 20s, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 14 — Participants will learn to use a template to make a felt hat that is uniquely theirs.

Free activities fill ACW weekdays at Local Cloth. On Oct. 9-10 there will be open studios, an eco-print demo and pop-up shops for handmade textiles. On Oct. 11, the focus shifts to spinning and hand-dyeing demonstrations with a pop-up shop featuring handspun and hand-woven items.

On Oct. 12 visitors are invited to Drop in and Weave on floor looms. Sewing demos and pop-up shops for handwoven scarves are also planned, followed by feature demonstrations of embroidery and more natural dyeing, with a natural dye pop-up shop on Oct. 13.

 For more information email info@localcloth.org.


About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.